Le Baron Rouge
Originally uploaded by malias.
If you're in Paris on a Sunday morning might I suggest that you take yourself off to the Marché d'Aligre. A very lively and vibrant food market, with a great atmosphere. After trudging amongst the stalls for an hour or so dodging the over zealous traders thrusting free samples of melon or mango in your face you'll need a break and some refreshments.
Head over to Le Baron Rouge (1 rue Théophile Roussel 75012 Paris Metro Ledru Rollin). It's a great wine bar which really comes alive on Sunday as the market starts to wind down. Inside the bar you'll see stacks of barrels of wine. Here you can buy your wine in bulk by the litre. In days gone by this was how most Parisians bought their wine but now days its a rarity. However, Le Baron Rouge is one of the few places you can still do that.
You can of course just buy your wine by the glass and at reasonable prices. In addition they sell cheese, charcouterie and sometimes oysters on a Sunday to nibble on while drinking your wine. The bar gets full and people spill out onto the streets and rest their glasses and plates on car rooftops and even dustbins whatever is available. Whenever I have friends visiting me in Paris I always take them here. Very chaotic but very Parisian.